Come Home to Yourself Through Yoga
Explore and connect with yourself through mantra, meditation, breath work and physical yoga practice. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced yogi, there is a space for you at Sanctuary.
How do we come home to ourselves through yoga? Yoga is a practice of self discovery, a way to pay attention to, notice ourselves and learn more about who we are. How we are in our yoga classes is how we are in the world. Can we stick it out through a little discomfort? Can we completely let go and surrender? What qualities do we want to nurture in ourselves?
The practice of yoga is accessible to everyone! Yes, everyone. There are many different practices that make up yoga. In the West we are most familiar with the physical aspect of yoga, the poses (asanas). This is the place where many of us start our yoga journey, it was that way for me too! I fell in love with the good feelings that came from the practice of yoga, and began noticing that the breath work (pranayama) and meditation altered my mind, quieted my incessant thoughts, at least for the time I attended classes. My yoga classes became my refuge from a busy life, a place where everything else just melted away, an hour and a half at a time.
The kind of yoga classes I teach are the kind I enjoy the most, yoga classes that focus on breath work, meditation, physical poses as well as live music and mantra (chant). Mantras are another way to still the mind. I have found that repeating a mantra over and over (out loud or in the mind), is a powerful way to effect healing, transformation and create a sense of deep peace.
I've seen people come into my yoga classes completely distracted, on their phones, trying to get one last thing done before their class begins….and 90 minutes later, I see a softening in their eyes, in their bodies, in their breathing. They have that yoga glow. That glow that says to me they’ve come home, home to their hearts, their true natures, to the beautiful goddesses they are. It is my honour and absolute pleasure to guide you to this place of inner knowing, of peace and relaxation!
Perhaps we come to yoga to take good care of our physical bodies.
Perhaps we come to yoga to quiet our minds.
Perhaps we come to yoga to work through our emotions.
Perhaps we come to yoga to connect with something bigger than ourselves.
Whatever your reason, roll out your mat and come home to yourself.
Current Yoga Offerings
“Sing You to Sleep” Restorative Classes
We lead such busy lives. We stretch ourselves to achieve more and meet the demands of our ambitions, our families, our responsibilities. When do we rest? When to we take time to refuel? Recharge? Replenish? Restorative yoga may feel very different than other types of yoga, in that once you are in a supported pose, you have nothing to do but rest and receive. Your body will slowly let go of the tensions in your life and habitual patterns of holding will melt away. This is a gentle practice of self-nurturing, nourishment for the weary body and spirit. And…while you rest, I will sing sweet songs and soothing mantras to you. Lullabies for grown ups!
When: Mondays March 18 - May 20, 2019 7:30 - 8:45 pm (10 weeks)
Tuesdays March 19 - May 21, 2019 at Rebirth Wellness click link to register 7- 8:15 pm (10 weeks)
Wednesdays March 27 - May 22, 2019 5:30 - 6:45 pm and 7:30 - 8:45 pm (9 weeks)
Where: Wortley Studio, London ON (except Tuesdays at Rebirth Wellness)
Cost: 9 weeks = $162, 10 weeks = $180, pre-registration only
Honour your own body and it’s wisdom. Learn how to listen to your body’s cues in this gentle flow class that combines breath work, stretches and flows. Build strength and flexibility in a way that honours your body, mind and spirit. And, of course, end the class in complete relaxation with soothing live music.
When: stay tuned…
Where: Wortley Studio, London ON
Cost: 9 weeks = $162, pre-registration only
Yamas & Niyamas Knowledge Series
One Sunday a month, get together with like minded individuals to dive deeper into the ethical practices of yoga. The Yamas and Niyamas are two of the eight limbs of yoga and can inspire us to live a life according to the spiritual values of yoga. Each month we will explore one of the following: nonviolence, truthfulness, non-stealing, non-excess, non-possessiveness, purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study and surrender. This knowledge series will be based on the teachings of Deborah Adele and her book The Yamas & Niyamas.
When: stay tuned…
Where: Wortley Studio, London, ON
Cost: $110 for the series
Explore qualities of the Goddess with mantra, stories, live music, meditation and flowing yoga practice. Why Goddess Yoga? The Goddess lives within each one of us. Working with the energy of the Goddess can help us to recognize Her within ourselves. She is the source of our transformation and creative power - our Shakti! Intentionally connecting with Her archetypes of warrior, lover, protector, creator and healer help to develop those aspects of ourselves. Explore a gentle and nourishing yoga practice that honours the body and celebrates the Divine Feminine within each of us!
When: upcoming workshops are listed on the events page
Private Yoga Classes
Are you called to create your own daily practice or to learn how yoga can help with a specific concern? Have you always wanted to try yoga but were nervous to join a group class? Private classes are tailored to meet your individual needs.
When: By appointment
Where: Wortley Studio, London, ON
Cost: $70/hour class